Every time there’s a quake come the reminders about being prepared and the need to upgrade old buildings. But some owners are skipping the retrofitting altogether.
San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection is hoping that the Napa earthquake will be a wakeup call for owners of 2,000 soft story apartment buildings that have not been screened for seismic safety.
Own a “soft story building” in San Francisco? Expect to be hearing from the City of San Francisco over the next few months.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation on Thursday—the 107th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire—that aims to make thousands of apartments in the city safer during the next large quake.